Community Resources

The Colorado Gerontological Society actively works with other community agencies to maintain referral networks. Please select from one of the following categories to view available resources. Please note that this list is not comprehensive.

Dental

Dental problems are among the most common issues for seniors across the board. Many factors contribute to these problems, including the expense of treatment, a lack of insurance coverage, lack of dental providers and more. For individuals within the Denver Metro Area, the Colorado Gerontological Society may be able to provide a Dental Program grant to help with the costs ...

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a significant problem for thousands of seniors and many are unable to afford to cost of hearing aids or other reparative aids such as cochlear implants. The Colorado Gerontological Society offers a Hearing Aid Grant Program for seniors in the Denver Metro Area, to help individuals to afford the cost of hearing aids. For individuals who need ...

Mental Health

Because mental health issues are often unique and require highly specialized solutions, there are few general resources available for it. You may be able to find some support including counseling and primary care through the Community Mental Health Center network, or through some specialized or private clinics. The best way to find mental health care is often through a direct ...

Adult Day Care

Adult Day Programs encourage the active participation of frail seniors in a variety of activities ranging from social to educational pursuits. Whether utilized as a way to fill lonely hours or as a means of sharing knowledge and special life skills, these centers offer a safe, comfortable alternative to what may be inappropriate placement in full time care. Care is ...

Advocacy and Membership Organizations

Advocacy organizations provide an outlet for advancing issues and working for positive changes on those issues. They often are membership-based organizations, that coalesce around a single issue or series of related issues, and may carry out advocacy for public policy, social change, information dissemination, or direct client services. Contact the organization directly for more information on their advocacy activities and membership ...

Banking

Many banks and credit unions offer specific deals and packages for seniors, which cater to their needs. These can include discounts on certain services like checking accounts, all the way up to inclusive rewards programs that offer incentives for banking with them. For additional information on a specific bank, individuals should inquire directly with your bank about eligibility, benefits and application procedures.

Consumer Protection

Consumer protection is a broad series of private, federal, state and municipal laws and organizations that work to ensure consumer’s rights are not violated, and to foster fair trade, competition and information through the private market. Various laws including the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Billing Act, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act require disclosures and provide ...

Durable Medical Equipment

Durable medical equipment is any medical device or equipment that is used in the home to aid in a better quality of living. It is a benefit included in most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Usually to qualify as durable medical equipment, a device must be (1) durable or long-lasting, (2) medically necessary or prescribed by a physician, (3) not useful to someone ...

Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

In Colorado, more than 4,000 incidents of adult abuse, exploitation or neglect are reported each year to local county departments of social services and long-term care ombudsmen. Many more go unreported. The victims are at-risk adults age 18 or over who due to age or disability are unable to protect themselves and have no one to protect them. For many, ...

Financial and Investment Services

There are many financial and investment services that are targeted specifically towards seniors and those approaching retirement. They are often designed to provide supplementary retirement income from financial instruments such as annuities, reverse mortgages, or investment dividends. Older adults should exercise care and confirm applicable licenses and registrations before entering into any kind of financial arrangement with a third party.

Fitness

It is important for seniors to stay fit as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. In addition to traditional gyms and clubs which may have senior specific programs, many local senior centers, fitness centers and some hospitals and health clinics also offer senior health classes such as yoga, water aerobics, walking, and more. These programs are often easiest to find ...

Funeral and End-of-Life Planning

Whether arranging a funeral for a loved one or considering pre-need end-of-life options, there are many resources available to help confront this aspect of life. Individuals should attempt to address end-of-life issues as coherently as possible and avoid making rash or emotional decisions. There are many options for end-of-life decisions, including cremation, burial, whole-body or organ donation, and others.  

Health and Disease Associations

Most major health issues and diseases have a variety of specific organizations and associations specifically targeted to them. These associations can work in many different ways, including research, information dissemination, support groups, education and training, advocacy in public policy, and others. Most associations are nationwide, and have subsidiary state or regional chapters. Please note this resource list is not comprehensive.

Home Care Services

In Colorado, all agencies that provide Home Care services must be either licensed or registered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Agencies which directly employ their caregivers must be licensed, either for Skilled Care (Class A) or Non-Medical Care (Class B), as well as certified by Medicare and Medicaid if they accept them. Home Care Placement Agencies ...

Home Improvement

Home maintenance and improvement is a challenge for many seniors who want to remain in their homes. Some agencies specialize in home modifications like chairlifts or ramps to enable individuals to continue living in their homes. Others provide traditional maintenance and improvement services like roof repair and gutter maintenance. Seniors should be sure to get a signed scope of work from ...

Housing (Independent, Retirement, and Assisted)

For individuals who need no or only partial supportive services in their home, there is a spectrum of opportunities. esidents must normally be ambulatory to live in an assisted living residence. Designed to provide low cost housing for the disabled and elderly, Independent Living Facilities provide housing only, although some may offer transportation, recreation and support services. Residents in subsidized facilities ...

Legal Services

Older adults face many specific and complicated legal needs that may differ heavily from general practice. There are many lawyers who specialize in elderlaw, which can include many areas of focus such as estate planning, advance directives, probate, Social Security and other topics. If you cannot afford traditional legal services, there may be some help available to you through various ...

Leisure, Entertainment and Recreation

Helping seniors reap the maximum enjoyment from their golden years has become an enormous industry in recent years. The industry is as varied as the interests they cater to, and includes newspapers, senior centers, fitness centers and clubs, hobby groups, restaurants, television and radio. Leisure time is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as it can provide physical and emotional ...

Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug and Supplement Plans

Seniors face more choices than ever when it comes to their health insurance coverage. In Colorado we have robust markets for Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans and Medicare Supplements with strong competition for price and quality. These plans may be purchased through a broker, or directly from the company online or by phone. Medicare rates Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans ...

Medicare/Medicaid Assistance & Counseling

Because of the complexity of federal and state laws regarding Medicare and Medicaid, there are many resources to help individuals navigate these systems. Organizations may offer counseling, referrals, application assistance, appeals assistance or representation or other services. Some organizations receive federal and state grants to provide assistance, and others are nonprofit or private sector organizations that have an interest in ...

Moving and Downsizing Services

For many seniors, aging may require moving out of their homes and sometimes downsizing the scale of their homes and possessions as they make the transition to other housing options. An entire industry exists to help with these transitions, and can be used in advance of major life changes, or on an emergency basis for unexpected transitions. Costs vary based ...

Nursing Care Residences

Nursing Homes provide twenty-four hour custodial and/or skilled nursing care, coupled with hygiene, activities programs and social work. Many offer specific programs for Alzheimer’s and hospice patients. In addition, most Nursing Homes have a Rehabilitation Unit (or Medicare Unit) where individuals discharged from the hospital but unable to return home safely, may spend time in therapy, learning to walk or ...

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are often a major component of aging and sometimes can be a significant burden. Since 2006, all Medicare-eligible individuals are required to have prescription drug coverage, and can be penalized with higher premiums should they not have coverage. Medicare Part D prescription drug plans can have large costs associated for some users of many or expensive prescriptions, including deductibles ...

Real Estate Brokers

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Senior Service and Information Organizations

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Telephone Services

CapTel Captioned Telephone 1500 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica CA 310-428-9559 Ideal for people with hearing loss. CapTel works like any other telephone with one important addition — it displays word-for-word what the caller says. Captions are shown on a display screen ensuring you never miss a word. Just like captions on TV, no for your phone.

Urgent Care Services

Concentra Urgent Care 3600 E Alameda Av #100, Denver 80209 303-453-9867 Offer a wide range of occupational, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services to employees and the general public. Clinicians include board-certified physicians, licensed physical therapists, mid-level practitioners, and other medical professionals.

Veterans Service Organizations

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs 7465 E 1st Ave #C, Denver 303-343-1268 The Division is a central source of information on veterans benefits, rights and issues. They are also in charge of training, directing and assisting the county veterans service officers who are the local veterans assistance agencies in every county in Colorado. A list of county Veterans Service Offices ...

Vision Loss and Eye Care

Colorado Center for the Blind 2233 W Shepperd Av, Littleton 80120 303-778-1130 Vision loss does not need to limit people from leading a full and active life. Designed a senior program to help individuals remain independent. Services include: weekly senior group meetings, home visits, training in the areas of technology, mobility, home management and Braille. Seniors EyeCare Program – EyeCare ...